New Madrid and The Central U.S.

October 31, 1895 - Charleston, MO

October 31, 1895, 11:03 UTC, near Charleston Missouri.

This is the largest earthquake to occur in the Mississippi Valley region since the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquake sequence. Structural damage and liquefaction were reported along a line from Bertrand, MO to Cairo, IL. People in 23 states felt this earthquake which caused extensive damage to a number of structures in the Charleston region, including schools, churches, and homes. The estimated body-wave magnitude of this event is 5.9 and the surface-wave magnitude estimate is 6.7 (Nuttli).

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Prepared by: Charles J. Ammon